Ama presses a coin into my palm. "Run off and buy yourself a sweet cake," she says, "like the other children."
I tell her I'm not a child anymore. I tell her not to waste her money. But she insists.
"Tonight," she says, "you are a child." (32.AttheFestival.1-3)
Lakshmi has already become a woman in the eyes of her community, but Ama continues to believe that, in some ways, Lakshmi retains her innocence. So how might Ama define innocence?